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Chicago Water Tower
Photograph - Digital
806 N Michigan Ave
(between Pearson St & Chicago Ave)
Chicago, IL 60611
Neighborhoods: Near North Side, River East, Magnificent Mile
Chicago is known as the second city & it has nothing to do with NY. After Chicago burned to the ground in 1871, the great citizens of Chicago had a second chance to rebuild the city & this is where the name second city came from.
Technically the Chicago Water Tower was part of the First City. It was built in 1869 & still stands today. It is a tribute to those who help shape and build this city over the years. The tower still stands tall today. To me, it's a memorial for our great city.
In the midst of a great tragedy, our water tower braved the flames and stood tall. It gave everyone hope that we could rebuild and rise from the ashes. It also told our politicians that they should pass a law stating all structures must be brick & mortar instead of wood. As we all learned that wood buildings will burn really fast with the wind blowing. Oops!
The Water Tower was not the only building to survive the great fire. There were a few other buildings including the pumping station directly across the street. And yes the pumping station is made of brick too.
Today the water tower stands 154 feet tall on Michigan Avenue in the Gold Coast. It is in the middle of one of the greatest shopping streets in the world called the Magnificent Mile. Tourists are always snapping photos of this historical landmark, in fact it looks like a giant castle.
November 11th, 2013
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